Korean Govt. Mishna Translation Project to Be Published in 2020


Jewish Press: A team of six Korean Jewish Studies scholars is currently engaged in an ambitious project to translate all six Mishnah volumes into their language, Makor Rishon reported. The project is led by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Konkuk University. It is supported by the government of South Korea through National Fund for the Promotion of Research and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2020.

In 2011, then South Korean ambassador to Israel Yang Sam Meh said in a media interview that studying the Talmud was a popular phenomenon in his country.

“A high percentage of Nobel laureates in all fields – literature, science, economics – are Jewish, which is an amazing achievement,” the ambassador explained, and asked, “How can Jews be such geniuses?”  

“Our conclusion is that one of your secrets is learning the Talmud,” he said. “Jews learn Talmud from an early age and it helps them to develop high abilities. This conclusion has led us to teach our children Talmud. We believe that if we do so from early childhood, we too can be smart. That’s what’s behind the decision to bring this book into almost every home in the country.” more …

Opinion: The Mishnah is the oral law in Judaism, as opposed to the written Torah, or the Mosaic Law. The Mishnah was collected and committed to writing about AD 200 and forms part of the Talmud. A particular teaching within the Mishnah is called the Midrash.

Most Christians know little about the Jewish texts. In researching our book Antichrist, I found these writings to be essential in filling in what the Biblical text was silent on.

In fact as I have lamented several times, Christian pastors I gave the book to rejected the extra-Biblical texts. In the 3rd anniversary version of Antichrist, I referenced Psalm 78:1-7 but in hindsight, I  have posted the 7 verses, so here they are:

“Give ear, O my people, to my law;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.

5 For He established a testimony in Jacob,
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers,
That they should make them known to their children;
That the generation to come might know them,
The children who would be born,
That they may arise and declare them to their children,
That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments.” (emphasis added)

I pray the Mishnah will lead the Koreans to the entire Bible, old and new.

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  1. I don’t know why scholars would reject the oral law. Unless I am mistaken, the creation, Adam and Eve, the flood, Naoh, Abraham, Etc. were all oral accounts until Moses wrote them down.
    Sounds like the South Koreans are smarter than they think.

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